The Hawaiian Islands possess a natural beauty encompassing both ancient landscapes and modern images. Each island has its own unique vistas and signature landmarks. There's something for everyone? from waterfalls to plunging cliffs, to verdant valleys and black lava fields? the Islands offer a cultural and environmental mystique unlike any other which places them among the world's top vacation destinations.
Through the creative talents of Island photographer Douglas Peebles, we view Kaua'i, the oldest of the Islands, in all its sparkling wonder - from the misty 'ohia forests of Koke'e State Park to the majestic depths of Waimea Canyon. Traveling east, we reach Maui, known for its low plains and high peaks, sunrises over Haleakala, and breaching whales off the shores of Lahaina. Next is O'ahu where Waikiki continues to reign as Hawai'i's playground. Lush valleys lead to the Windward coast, and surfers risk life and limb riding massive waves on the North Shore. Last is the Big Island of Hawai'i, a land of extremes. On one side, Pele reigns as lava continues to spew forth from active volcano Kilauea; on the other side of the island are the lush native forests along the Hamakua Coast. And in between are snowcapped mountain peaks, cattle ranches, and coffee farms.
Image and description courtesy of Islander Group